So, a review for the cooking class in Marrakech, sorry this took so long. Problem is I can't remember names at this point, however, the important part, the cooking, well that will be no problem...
We had a blast. The fella who probably co owns the class, Michel, picked us up at the designated time there at our Riad, so it starts with convenience.
We Headed off to get another couple, two sisters from Ireland, it ended up being just the four of us, two buddies on a Blueman bonding trip, and these two ladies, so the space was beyond ample, I'd suggest they could accommodate ten comfortably, and do most of the time, so make your reservations early,
The cool thing about this class was that it was taught using good English. They do German and French, probably Spanish, maybe even Hindi, but not having to work thru an interpreter is helpful.
The space is outside of town, so it's relatively quiet, actually quite quiet. Also very hygienic with clean toilets, soap, towels, etc.
The teaching is on par with soup to nuts. We actually made couscous, from scratch, possible the only time I'll do that !? Not that it was hard, but there are good ready mixes out there, but we all liked having that experience under our belts.
We also made breads, and doughs for dessert creeps, those too we're fun, and very tasty !
To include with the couscous, actually adding to its flavor as it/they cooked from below, was a medley of veggies, and off to the side, caramelized onions, which really came across more like a controlled substance, adding a wonderful flavor, as well as bouquet, to the finished meal.
Prior to eating we put several cold salads together, one a shredded cucumber with a dressing from orange juice, the other, yikes, this is where it would have paid off to do this review sooner, my 1970's influenced mind can't recollect the specifics of it. Sorry.
Another cool thing about this class was when you would be in between courses, where there really isn't anything to do other than watch veggies cook, Michel would form a group off to the side, on comfy couches where you would be educated on the nuances of their various spices and herbs, quite a smart thing to do, since other classes I've taken in Morocco simply let you wander off on a smoke break.
Lastly, as cool things these guys did that others don't, after we sat outside on their patio and finished off the results of our dicing, slicing, and steaming, they brought us outa very handsome ice cream and strawberry dessert, accompanied by those crepes that we had a part of kneading earlier. Very un expected, and wonderfully received; nice job !!!
At this time of the season they were running a special, tied to a very chic spa there in Marrakech. So with a full belly we left the class around three, maybe as late a four, and Maurice (Aka) took us to the spa, where he sat and talked with us until the massage folks were ready for us, another nice customer services touch.
The spa was wonderful, sure, do I wish I looked better in the tong made of crepe paper, of course, but, with all due respect, I doubt Brad Pitt would even look good in them, and it's not like anyone sees you ??? It should be noted that this wasn't some quickie nooner spa experience, we got a full body scrub using the essence of your choice, black mud, rose oil, choices like those. Then after a nice sit in sort of a steam/sauna you'd get washed off, then a full hour massage, followed with herbal teas and relax time, this spa is quite nice, it appeared to be run by a French couple with the help of parents. Very chic, nicely renovated old Riad there in Marrakech.
That's it, I do think you should do these, Marrakech has grown up, it isn't the cool place it once was, after all, just too many people can afford cheap scooters now, and with no restrictions as to where they can ride them you're at risk just wandering. The rug merchants ask way too much for their pieces, and if you don't know those products you're not going to get anything rally worth taking home, but I suppose that is in the eye of the beholder...sorry. Point, take advantage of a fun day, especially if you want to see Marrakech, you won't be sorry.
Haj, aka, Salida1048
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